26 February 2012

Rick Warren Builds Bridge to Muslims

The Orange County Register reports:

The Rev. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest and one of America's most influential Christian leaders, has embarked on an effort to heal divisions between evangelical Christians and Muslims by partnering with Southern California mosques and proposing a set of theological principles that includes acknowledging that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
The effort, informally dubbed King's Way, caps years of outreach between Warren and Muslims. Warren has broken Ramadan fasts at a Mission Viejo mosque, met Muslim leaders abroad and addressed 8,000 Muslims at a national convention in Washington D.C.

Saddleback worshippers have invited Muslims to Christmas dinner and played interfaith soccer at a picnic in Irvine attended by more than 300 people. (The game pitted pastors and imams against teens from both faiths. The teens won.)
The effort by a prominent Christian leader to bridge what polls show is a deep rift between Muslims and evangelical Christians culminated in December at a dinner at Saddleback attended by 300 Muslims and members of Saddleback's congregation.
At the dinner, Abraham Meulenberg, a Saddleback pastor in charge of interfaith outreach, and Jihad Turk, director of religious affairs at a mosque in Los Angeles, introduced King's Way as "a path to end the 1,400 years of misunderstanding between Muslims and Christians."
The men presented a document they co-authored outlining points of agreement between Islam and Christianity. The document affirms that Christians and Muslims believe in "one God" and share two central commandments: "love of God" and "love of neighbor." The document also commits both faiths to three goals: Making friends with one another, building peace and working on shared social service projects. The document quotes side-by-side verses from the Bible and the Koran to illustrate its claims.
"We agreed we wouldn't try to evangelize each other," said Turk. "We'd witness to each other but it would be out of 'Love Thy Neighbor,' not focused on conversion."
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The reader will notice that this news report, though recent, is covering an event that happened back in December of 2011. Nevertheless, we would do well to sit up and take note of the continuous creeping leprosy of ecumenism that is plaguing the church today. According to this article, Abraham Meulenberg, a pastor at Warren's Saddleback church, has co-authored a document that "affirms that Christians and Muslims believe in 'one God' and share two central commandments: 'love of God' and 'love of neighbor.'"


Christians believe in one God and Muslims also believe in one god, but, they do not believe in the same God. Nor do the two groups affirm the same gospel. "Love God, love neighbor" is not the Gospel, it is the Law. As such, two groups uniting in this fashion will only do great harm to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


Note: Pastor Rick Warren has stated in the comments section of the above referenced article that the article contained many inaccuracies. Unfortunately, he did not elaborate any further. Should Saddleback Church or Rick Warren offer any additional statements that deal with the "multiple errors" that he claims are contained within the OC Register article, I will be sure to update this post accordingly.

**UPDATE** February 26, 8:30 pm:
The following was posted three hours ago in the comments section of the above mentioned article from the Orange County Register:
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6 comments:

  1. Warren and the rest of these folks do nothing else but propagate the agenda that is also supported and taught by Roman Catholicism which long ago descended on the path of this and many others abominable lies while cursing the Gospel and Christians at Trent. Proof:

    "The Church's relationship with the Muslims. "The plan of salvation also INCLUDES those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom ARE the Muslims; these profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and TOGETHER with us they adore the ONE, merciful God, mankind's judge on the last day."

    Point 841
    Catechism of Roman Catholic Church
    Vatican Site: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__P29.HTM

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  2. A better headline for this article by the OCR: "Rick Warren denies the Lord Jesus Christ-AGAIN".

    Another episode of RW denying the exclusive Lordship of Jesus Christ and trying to place a false god-a dead false god-alone side the Lord Jesus as His equal. This is a prime example of "another gospel" as found in Gal. 1:6-10. Please note that the scripture states that it is the messenger of the "other gospel" that is to be accursed, not the message itself. "...let HIM be accursed..." Rick has brought this cursing upon himself.

    Darrel

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  3. "...I asked to speak to Rev. Warren directly but was told..."

    Sir, would you also expect to get an immediate audience with the pope?

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    1. I find it interesting that an obscure local news article written by an obscure reporter from an obscure newspaper called OCRegister has caused such a stir...and Pastor RW did not go back to the writer Mr. Hinch, but instead let the pot stew for days, and then realized his cover as an 'evangelical pastor" had been seriuosly breached by the simple truth shared by reporter Jim Hinch.

      I also find it very interesting that most people do not know of Pastor Rick Warren's mentor was Dr. Robert Schuller, a 33rd degree mason, whose mentor was Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, also a 33rd degree mason and occultist and christian mind science.

      We truly are in a the last days an in an age of wolves in sheeps clothing, and decievers deceiving us and being deceived.

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  4. I believe Dr. John MacArthur's message in the 2010 Shepherds Conference titled, "Seperating from Unbelievers" is fitting for this situation.

    This idea that Christians can unite and join hands in spiritual endeavours with unbelievers is totally unbiblical to the core.

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  5. I came across this link--http://acommonword.blogspot.com/

    when reading -http://www.ocregister.com/articles/muslims-341669-warren-saddleback.html

    in the comment section FROM~
    Joe Carey · Biola

    whom I thought had an interesting comment that he left~

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